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Artist's Reception & Book Signing: Naomi Leshem at Andrea Meislin Gallery

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Centered

Exhibition Dates:
January 9 – February 22, 2014

Reception for the Artist:
Thursday, January 9
6:00 – 8:00 pm

Gallery Talk & Book Signing:
Saturday, January 18

2:00 – 4:00 pm


The sense of stability and balance in Naomi Leshem's work is achieved only after great challenge. In the 10 large-scale images that comprise the exhibition Centered solitary figures negotiate the landscape and find themselves in harmony with the natural world in an instant of surrender. The images selected for exhibition feature men and women in equal measure: 5 of each are shown in the vistas presented. While a sense of calm and ease infuses the work there also exists an unspoken tension. All of the subjects were challenged to find their position in a landscape. Issues of gender stereotypes, the role of the individual in societal context, and the relevance of a physical place to one's identity are all engaged in Centered.

Leshem has traveled the world asking strangers for personal impressions of her images. Responses gathered are recorded by the interviewees own hand and in their own language. These reflections act as commentary text, which further stir the abstract mystery at the base of these works.

This exhibition marks Leshem's second solo show with the gallery. Naomi Leshem was born in 1963, and lives and works in Kiryat Ono, near Tel Aviv. She graduated with a degree in photography from Hadassah College in Jerusalem. She is a recipient of the Constantiner Photography Award for an Israeli Artist from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and has exhibited her works throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States. Her photographs are in the collections of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the Norton Museum of Art, Florida; the Shpilman Institute for photography; along with many notable private collections.

Learn more about this exhibition at Andrea Meislin Gallery

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Gallery Fifty One Expands: Fifty One Too

Posted By Administration, Sunday, December 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014

A second space to open January 12, 2014


Based in Antwerp, Belgium, Gallery Fifty One Fine Art Photography opened in June 2000 and specializes in photography, including vintage, classic, and fashion works as well as African and Contemporary photography. Gallery One Fifty One has now announced an exciting expansion into a second space: FIFTY ONE TOO. The new space's program will focus on the dialogue between a range of media, induced by photography.

FIFTY ONE TOO will be officially open on Jan 12th 2014 with the solo show 'All about Eve' by the British artist Annie Kevans.

The artist will attend the opening on Sunday from 2-6 pm.

For more information on the expansion and their programming, please visit Gallery Fifty One

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Danzinger Gallery in the New York Magazine

Posted By Administration, Sunday, December 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Michael Light:Some Dry Space
Makes the City's To-Do List

"Man-made, monstrous beauty"

Through January 18, 2014

 

To see Michael Light's aerial pictures of western landscapes, oil derricks, exurbia in mid-sprawl, and drying-up rivers is to simultaneously love these pictures and the Earth, and feel sick to your stomach about what we're doing to our water and air and soil. In Light's pictures, nothing is safe in our path—yet we turn destruction into beauty.
—Jerry Saltz

Michael Light has made explorers of his viewers. Prior to taking up aerial photography, Light executed a book projectFull Moon, which was the first look at NASA photography as fine art. Perhaps it was this experience that caused him to turn his camera back on our own world from unusual vantage.

Light is not only considered a master of aerial photography, but the foremost in the genre for his generation. Through his work we experience conflicting emotions: we are in awe at our natural world, its beauty, and grace, and simultaneously devastated by our treatment of it. For the past 15 years Light has worked from his own small aircraft over the Western US, and the 18 separate projects he has completed are dedicated to documenting the impact of man and industry on the land. Sites of interest include Utah's gold and copper mines and the overdevelopment of Sun City, AZ and Lake Las Vegas, NV. Light has also contrasted Arizona's Meteor Crater - the largest meteoric impact site in the Americas - with James Turrell's Roden Crater. Other projects cover sacred Hopi dwellings; the Great Basin and Mojave deserts; and Los Angeles by day and night.

New York Magazine

More on the exhibition at Danzinger Galelry

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Artist's Opening Reception: Tanya Marcuse at Julie Saul Gallery

Posted By Administration, Sunday, December 29, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Fallen

Exhibition Dates: January 4 - February 22, 2014

Artist's Opening Reception Brunch:
Saturday, January 4, 2014

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

 

Fallen is an apt title for the work of Tanya Maracuse. Her large-scale works are full of the poetics of life and death, but most successfully teeter between the two in a space of continuance. Images are overripe and literally decay in beautiful transition. What at first we take for frames that reveal instants of changing seasons become fleshed out into greater symbols for the cycle of life itself. Longer looking reveals a truth to the viewer: Maracuse's seemingly found scenes of fallen organics, sunflowers, snakes, eggs, pomegranates, moss, leaves, apples, and cicadas among them, cannot and do not belong to a single season. Rather than dissuade us from the truth of life these frames allure with a sense of curiosity and claw at mortality. We become ever more engaged in the compacted imagery, and the work becomes magical even mythic. The decomposing flora, fauna, and insect life is both grotesque and sublime. The subject matter, handling, and rich color that infuses Maracuse's scenes renders them tapestry-like, and we can almost imagine these spaces stitched by an invisible but delicate hand. The works both consist of and transcend reality.

Marcuse earned her MFA from Yale. She has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship among other distinguishable honors, and her work is in such notable collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Yale Art Gallery, among others.

A catalogue will be available in conjunction with the show.

Preview the works online at Julie Saul Gallery

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Exhibition to Watch: Michael Kenna & Pentti Sammallahti at Peter Fetterman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Listed in Mutual Art's Top 10 Exhibitions to Watch

Dual exhibitions on view through March 1, 2014

 



With over 40 works by each artist included in the shows, these exhibitions are extensive views of the work of Michael Kenna & Pentti Sammallahti. These black and white master printers are aligned by similarities in the themes they touch; the works of Michael Kenna and Pentti Sammallahti are emotional, quiet, and contemplative. While these sentiments are achieved through disparate approach the works are aligned by Fetterman Gallery in a poignant way. For Kenna it is the impact of light and time on the land that drives the work, while for Sammallahti it is the decisive moment and the structure of Classical Humanism, but in both of their work the poetics of the world's beauty is revealed.

Kenna is celebrated for his dream-like vistas that are mellow and subdued but seem to embody the spirituality of the land. Kenna travels to remote locations to capture images that conjure something of a primal response in viewer's eyes and souls. Sammallahti's work is equally elegant, and speaks to the instant. Known for his handling of tone, Sammallahti's images transition slowly and often with a moody overtone, and his is patience in awaiting the pinnacle moment of harmony between subject and environment is always proved.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Peter Fetterman Gallery

Mutual Art's Top 10

 

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